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Stan Collymore has a theory on Wayne Rooney's drinking

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Why Wayne Rooney's boozy night after England beat Scotland 3-0 nine days ago is still being discussed we have no idea.

The England captain has been heavily criticised after appearing looking worse for wear in a couple of photos from a wedding party in the team's hotel that were published by The Sun.

Initially, he tried to let the story die down - that didn't work. Then he issued an apology in a public statement - that didn't work either. Now Rooney has just outright slammed how he has been treated in the rather quite ridiculous saga.

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“What’s been going on is disgraceful,” Rooney said after Manchester United's 1-1 draw Arsenal on Saturday.

“I’m proud to play for my country and I’m proud of my achievements. It’s not finished yet. I think what’s been going on is disgraceful. It shows a lack of respect and I think enough is enough. That’s all I want to say.”

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The general perception appears to be that Rooney has been dealt an incredibly harsh hand and doesn't deserve such criticism.

And yet it continues to rumble on, with Stan Collymore the latest ex-player to give his verdict.

However, in his column for The Mirror, Collymore revealed his concern that this might not be an isolated incident and could signal something far more serious.

"Does Wayne Rooney have the right to have a drink? Yes, he does," Collymore wrote.

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"Does Wayne Rooney have the right to a night off if he isn’t going to play against Spain? Yes, he does.

"Does Wayne Rooney need to be drinking in public until 5am in the middle of an international break in 2016, an era of super athletes? Well, no, he doesn’t.

"I was more worried than appalled by the pictures that emerged from Wazza’s bender because the thing that struck me most was just how old he looked.

"That and the fact he wasn’t just a bit tipsy, dancing with a couple of girls or doing the lambada. He looked blottoed, bladdered… nissed as a pewt.

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"That’s why the deeper question for me is about whether he was using, or is using, alcohol as a crutch.

"Is this part of a deeper-lying issue over why he hasn’t been playing well for some time now?"

It's true the forward has been in decline for the last few years but to say his drinking is linked to that seems unlikely, to say the least.

In balance, Collymore has had his own troubles with alcohol and played in the same era as Paul Gascoigne and Paul Merson, so knows first-hand what Rooney might be going through.

Nevertheless, Collymore's theory was slammed on Twitter, here are some of the best tweets:

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